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The City La Palma was incorporated on October 26, 1955, about three months following the opening of Disneyland. The City was initially incorporated as Dairyland and was one of three dairy cities in the region (the other two being Dairy Valley in Cerritos and Dairy City in Cypress).
Dairyland held its first election on October 11, 1955, and elected Paul Furman, William De Jager, Peter G. Bouma, Pete De Groot, and Jack De Vries to the first City Council. Burton Wesenberg became the community’s first City Manager, serving from 1955 to 1980. The City’s early motto was “United to Preserve.”
By the mid-1960s, Dairyland farmers decided their land had become too valuable to remain wholly agricultural. In 1965, the City’s name was changed to La Palma, after the region’s Spanish heritage and its main thoroughfare, La Palma Avenue, and drafted a master plan with well-defined residential, commercial, and industrial areas. The City also changed its motto to “City of Vision.”
Today, La Palma is a well-balanced city that prides itself on a responsive municipal government and a strong sense of community. The City’s small-town character allows residents to live in quiet and friendly neighborhoods. With one of the lowest crime rates in Orange County, La Palma is a place where residents can rest easy and enjoy hometown living.
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